Feigenbaum Forum

Feigenbaum ForumThe Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity is made possible through a gift from the Feigenbaum Foundation, created by brothers Armand V. Feigenbaum ’42 and Donald S. Feigenbaum ’46, loyal alumni and longtime benefactors to  Union. Acknowledged world leaders in systems engineering and total quality control, the brothers founded General Systems Co., the Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based international systems engineering firm that designs and helps implement operational systems for corporations and governments worldwide. For more than a dozen years before their passing, the brothers hosted the Feigenbaum Forum, a campus gathering at which academicians discussed characteristics of a new generation of leaders and how better to integrate liberal arts and other studies. The new Feigenbaum Forum builds on the original series by hosting internationally recognized speakers who have revolutionized their fields through innovation and creativity.

Tuesday, November 3

5:30 p.m. - Nott Memorial

Howard GardnerHoward Gardner is an internationally-renowned psychologist who developed the theory of multiple intelligences that revolutionized how educators teach their students. The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gardner is the recipient of numerous honors. He was awarded a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education, and in 2000 he received a Fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The author of dozens of books and articles on intelligence and creativity, he is perhaps best known for his critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence (such as the traditional IQ) that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. He first outlined his theory in his groundbreaking 1983 book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, suggesting that people possess many different intelligences including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual, mathematical and linguistic. Since then, educators around the world have adapted their teaching style to incorporate the multiple intelligences theory into their classrooms, making Gardner one of the most influential educational reformers. [Learn more...]